For the approximately 175 million people who suffer from arthritis worldwide, simple daily tasks can be painful and difficult. From opening a jar to standing for long periods of time, the pressure and strain on aching joints can make going about the day a trial. This pain can even make people give up the activities they love. Fortunately, there are many different assistive devices for arthritis that can help make tasks and activities less painful and easier. Here are ten of the most useful assistive devices for arthritis.

1. Button hook

No need to give up button-down shirts with this handy little gadget. A tapered end slides through the buttonhole to grab the button and pull it through. This can be especially helpful first thing in the morning when fingers are stiff and uncooperative.

2. Doorknob grips

If you are in a house with round doorknobs instead of lever handle doorknobs, simply getting out of your room can be a challenge. These slip-on doorknob grips are an affordable assistive device for arthritis without having to change all of the doorknobs in your house.

3. Can, bottle, and jar openers

One of the biggest struggles of the day may be opening jars, bottles, and cans. These assistive devices vary between mounted and hand-held models that can open the most stubborn containers.

4. Cooking and eating utensils

Especially for foodies, arthritis can make time in the kitchen an exercise in misery. These knives, cutting boards, and utensils feature wider or more ergonomically-designed handles for ease of use. The non-slip cutting boards make cutting and chopping safer.

Avid cooks may also want to consider purchasing a cushioned mat to stand on. Long periods of standing can exacerbate arthritis pain in the feet, knees, hips, and back. These can also be used for any activity that involves long periods of standing, such as painting.

5. Sitting, standing, and walking aids

Mobility can be extremely impacted for those with arthritis in the lower extremities. Simply standing up from a seated position can be difficult. These assistive devices are designed to help people with arthritis move easily around their house.

One of the traps of arthritis is that because movement is painful, many people move less. This decrease in movement leads to stiffer joints, which leads to more pain. By providing a simple assistive device to make moving around the house easier, movement is promoted and pain may decrease.

6. Assistive devices for driving

Many without arthritis take driving and all of the accompanying actions for granted. Opening the door, buckling a seatbelt, turning the car on: all of these can be very painful for someone suffering from arthritis. These assistive devices range from seatbelt helpers to swivels for getting in and out of the car.

Maintaining mobility in this way means that an arthritis sufferer can still go for walks, get themselves to and from physical therapy, and visit with friends.

7. Gardening devices

Being outside in nature is therapeutic and soothing, elevating mood and administering a daily dose of vitamin D. Some arthritis patients are unable to tend their plants. These adaptive devices and seating options make working outside more comfortable for the avid gardener. Raised beds are another way to adapt this activity for easier access.

8. Golfing gear

If a person with arthritis has limited their tee time due to pain, these special golf grips may help. These grips are larger and have extra nubs and grippy material so that the golfer can use less strength. For arthritic hands, this can be a way to stay in the game.

9. Braces and orthotics

While not glamorous or beautiful, braces and orthotics can provide support and compression that can help with pain in arthritic joints. Many of these braces are lightweight and easy to adjust with Velcro tabs. This m